Russian model Ksenia Kalugina could be set for a stint behind bars as a result of a risqué photo shoot conducted inside an orthodox church.
The shoot saw Kalugina strip down to bridal underwear for the shoot, which actually took place in the ruins of an orthodox church rather than a fully practicing house of God.
Nevertheless, church officials in Guri, Volga, where the ruins are located, claim the 23-year-old committed a sin by not wearing a veil.
As a result, Kalugina, her photographer and even the magazine that employs her are facing up to three years behind bars over the shoot in the church, which is still used for the occasional service.
The Russian Investigative Committee has launched an inquiry into the matter, to assess whether they were in breach of the 2013 amendment to the federal criminal code, put in place by President Vladimir Putin.
According to the amendment:
“The federal law introduces liability for public action that shows clear and obvious disrespect for society and intent to offend religious believers’ feelings.
“The maximum penalty for such offences is imprisonment for up to one year.
“If the offence is committed in a place specifically intended for holding worship, the maximum penalty can be up to three years’ imprisonment.
“The law also increases the penalties for violating legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of worship, and religious organisations.”
It’s now up to the authorities to decide if Kalugina and her employers were in breach of these rules, meaning all involved face an anxious wait to find out their punishment.
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